Academic Programs of Study
Whether working as an applied or fine artist, the successful photographer is one who can find the most appropriate blend of a developed aesthetic and the science and technology of image-making to produce a legible personal statement. The Photography Program at Marywood offers a strong foundation in the technical skills required of the photographer. Traditional media are stressed, while developments in digital imaging are embraced. Fluency in the medium is enriched and expanded by the study of aesthetics and art/photographic history, as well as through class discussions and critiques, which emphasize the development of the voice of the individual as artist. The relationship of photography to other disciplines, such as illustration and graphic design, is explored in projects involving both areas of study. Marywood’s flexible program is designed to meet the individual needs of the aspiring photographic professional.
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- Learn more about this program or visit the Visual Arts website.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Courses: Available courses in this department
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- This program is accredited by the
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Marywood University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Assistant Professor of Art
Assistant Professor of Art, Area Coordinator - Photography
Dr. Christa Irwin
Assistant Professor Art History, Area Coordinator - Arts Administration
Ann Marie Castelgrande
Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.
Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting AutoCAD software.
The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.
I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country.
I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a B.A. in Art Administration. I currently work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Development department as a Major Gifts Assistant. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
As the Major Gifts Assistant, I report to two Major Gifts Officers and also to the Senior Director of Major Gifts. I am responsible for preparing and completing mailings, scheduling, pulling reports, and letter writing. I move management tracking and reporting via Raiser’s Edge database. Every day is different and it is always interesting and exciting.
I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country. This degree gave me the ability to explore a wide range of career paths in the arts. I really liked that it was a good mix of creative and practical skills. I am proud of my accomplishments and I am proud to be a Marywood graduate. Set goals and then attack them!
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
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Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.
Common Requirements Courses for 2-D Emphasis and 3-D Emphasis
|ART 110||Basic Drawing||
|ART 116||Drawing I||
|ART 118||Two-Dimensional Design and Color||
|ART 212||Three-Dimensional Design||
|ART 233*||Painting I||
|ART 241||Computer Graphics||
|ART 322||Foundation Portfolio Review||0|
*Graphic Design Majors must take ART 210, Introduction to Typography, in place of ART 233, Painting I.
Additional Common Courses
|ART 113*||Art History I||
|ART 114*||Art History II||
|ART 218||Art in the Modern Era||
|ART XXX||Art History Elective or Studio Elective
(Art Therapy students required to take Studio Elective)
|ART 322A,B,C||Portfolio Review||
|DEAN 071||Undergraduate Degree Candidacy||
*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.